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Eskom enters into negotiations with indebted munis

The pending interruption of bulk electricity supply to municipalities in the North West Province that was planned for September and October, has been suspended.

Eskom said in a statement that its “engagements and negotiations with these municipalities have yielded mutually acceptable agreements, thus averting the scheduled interruptions.”

“We hope that the municipalities will honour their commitments in order to ensure continuous supply of electricity. However, should they renege, we reserve the right to restart the interruptions without further notice,” said Ayanda Noah, Group Executive: Customer Services.

Original dates planned for power interruptions

Municipality List of Towns Affected


Planned Interruption

Target Date


Distobotla Lichtenburg, Coligny and Boikhutso 27-Sep-17


Lekwa Teemane Bloemhof and Christiana 10-Oct-17


Mamusa Schweizer-Reneke 10-Oct-17


Naledi Coldridge, Vryburg and Stella 20-Sep-17


Tswaing Delareyville, Sannieshof and Ottosdal 20-Sep-17


KgetlengRiver Koster and Swartruggens 20-Sep-17


Continued negotiations

The utility noted that they would continue negotiations with municipalities in the Northern Cape (Siyancuma; Renosterberg; Thembelihle; Tsantsabane).

“We are hopeful that like Siyathemba and Kai Garib, they will come up with acceptable agreements that will avert interruptions.”

In addition, municipalities in the Free State and Limpopo provinces are scheduled for power supply interruptions on the dates outlined on the table below.






List of Towns Affected


Planned Interruption

Target Date









Nketoana Reitz, Lindley, Petrus Steyn 27-Sep-17
Mantsopa Ladybrand, Excelsior, Tweespruit, Dawiesville 27-Sep-17
Tokologo Seretse, Boshof, Dealsville 27-Sep-17
Masilonyana Brandfort, Theunissen, Verkeerdevlei, Windburg 27-Sep-17
Nala Bothaville, Wesselsbron 27-Sep-17


Bethlehem, Paul Roux, Rosenekal, Fateng-Tse-Ntsho 27-Sep-17


Kroonstad, Steynsrus, Viljoenskroon 27-Sep-17





Thabazimbi, Ipelegeng, Regorogile X5&6 21-Sep-17



Siyancuma Local Municipality


Douglas, Griekwastad 18-Sep-17
Renosterberg Local Municipality


Van der Kloof, Phillipstown and Petrusville 18-Sep-17
Thembelihle Local Municipality


Hopetown and Strydenburg 18-Sep-17
Tsantsabane Local Municipality


Postmasburg 18-Sep-17


Eskom remains mindful of the impact such supply interruptions will have on electricity consumers, thus the interruption of supply to municipalities for non-payment is always implemented as a last resort. Read more…


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Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.